Migratory bird hunting regulations will be available mid-September from FWP regional offices and the Helena headquarters, according to Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks Migratory Bird and Wetlands Coordinator Tom Hinz. For the 2001-2002 season there are some minor season date changes and the season for canvasbacks will be open for the special two-day youth waterfowl season (Sept.22-23) and then open only from Sept. 29 to Nov. 5 in the Pacific Flyway and from Sept. 29 to Oct. 23 in the Central Flyway.
The 2001 Migratory bird season dates are:
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service allows two additional days as a special hunting opportunity to encourage young people ages 12 through 15 to participate in water- fowling.
Bag limits for the 2001 season will be the same as the 2000 season. In the Pacific Flyway the daily bag limit is seven ducks and mergansers, except that the daily bag may contain no more than 2 female mallards, 1 pintail, 2 redheads, 1 canvasback and 4 scaup.
In the Central Flyway the daily bag limit is six ducks containing no more than five mallards, of which no more than two may be females, two wood ducks, 2 redheads, one pintail, one canvasback and three scaup. The daily merganser bag limit is five mergansers, containing no more than 1 hooded merganser. Exceptions and limits for other game birds will be found in the 2001 Migratory Bird Hunting Regulations.
Both resident and nonresident migratory bird hunters must carry the required licenses and the Montana Migratory Bird Stamp must be signed in ink across the front of the stamp. Residents and nonresidents 16 years and older must have a Montana Migratory Bird Stamp, a Federal Migratory Bird Stamp and a valid Montana Conservation licenses. Exceptions for youth, seniors and those with disabilities are also in the regulations.
To hunt Sandhill Cranes a special free permit must be obtained from an FWP office in Helena, Billings, Miles City or Glasgow. Hunting of Tundra Swan is by permit only and permits are available after September 20.